Longtime US women’s national team goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris announces her retirement

Chicago (November 14, 2022) – Ashlyn Harris, who was part of two US Women’s World Cup winning teams and was the main goalkeeper for the 2002 FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup, has announced her retirement from professional football.

Harris, 37, has participated in all 10 seasons of the Women’s National Football League, the latter with NJ/NY Gotham FC, and has been a part of the United States women’s national team programs for 20 years.

She came to prominence on the international scene in 2002 at the age of 16, when she was the youngest player at the start of the season, stopping the USA and taking the title in the first-ever FIFA Women’s World Cup for young women players. Harris played an outstanding game in the championship game as the United States defeated Canada, 1-0, in Edmonton over Lindsey Tarpley’s “golden goal” in front of 47,784 fans.

She was also the goalkeeper and captain of the US team that finished third in the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women’s World Cup in Thailand. Every minute in goal was played for these two teams in the World Cup across 12 matches.

Harris, who finished her Under-19 career with 39 caps, among the most ever at this level, is the latest member of the 2002 FIFA U19 Women’s World Cup squad to continue her career.

Satellite Beach, Florida has also seen some intense excitement with the US Under-23/21 team and has played for the US Under-16 and Under-17 team during her youth career. Her first activity with the national team was in the U-14 national team identity camp in 1999.

“It has been an honor to represent this country on and off the field,” Harris said. “I started this journey with US Soccer at the age of 13 and it has shaped me into every part of my life. I am so proud of the woman I have become, and I can only thank the people who have supported and raised me throughout all of this. Thank you to all my young national team coaches, and my full national team coaches Goalkeeper coaches, support staff, and everyone in between.

“To all my teammates, you have been the driving force for my longevity. This journey has always been about people for me, so thank you for all the wonderful memories and lifelong friendships. To the fans, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I hope in a small way I made an impact. in your life the way you all affected my life.”

After sustaining several serious injuries in her college career at the University of North Carolina, where she eventually won two NCAA titles, she didn’t make her way to the first national team picture until 2010 after playing well in the women’s second NBA, WPS, where She helped the Western New York Flash win the league title in 2011.

During her long and illustrious club career, she played for St. Louis Athletica (WPS), Washington Freedom (WPS), Western New York Flash (WPS), FCR 2001 Duisburg (Germany Division I), Washington Spirit (NWSL), Tyresö FF (Sweden Division First), Orlando Pride (NWSL) and New York/NJ Gotham FC (NWSL).

She made her debut for the national team in 2013 with a 1-1 draw with Sweden in the Algarve Cup in Portugal and will play 25 matches with the United States, 21 of which have started. She played against 21 different countries during her international career, had 9 eliminations in her career and scored 17-2-2 for the USA.

Notably, she was a member of both the 2015 and 2019 Women’s World Cup winning teams. She was the substitute goalkeeper for the 2016 Olympic team.

Her last game for the USWNT was on January 31, 2020, in an 8-0 win over Panama in the Olympic qualifiers in Houston, Texas.

Harris has made an impact off the field as well, something she will continue to do until her athletic retirement. Along with his wife and fellow World Cup winner Ali Krieger, she has been a role model and outspoken champion of equality and inclusion, using her platform to raise awareness, support LGBT rights and raise awareness of mental health.

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